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Winter Talk – Garden Archaeology in Hertfordshire and Beyond with Tom Williamson

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Speaker: Professor Tom Williamson A review of the contribution that archaeology has made to our understanding of garden history in Hertfordshire and elsewhere. Tom Williamson is Professor of Landscape History at the University of East Anglia and has worked with the Hertfordshire Gardens Trust for many years. In this talk, Tom will discuss some of […]

£5 – £8

The gardens at Audley End; their development, features and management today

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Louise Ellis, Head Gardener at Audley End will give a presentation on the gardens at Audley End; their development, key features and management today. Tickets are available via the Eventbrite link here. Tickets for all talks are only available via Eventbrite.  Tickets for the talks via Zoom are available from 1st October 2022. Attendees will […]

£5 – £8

The story of a garden – The Garden House, Cottered, with Dr Jill Raggett

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Dr Jill Raggett presents an illustrated talk on the history and challenges of caring for The Garden House, Cottered (formerly Cheynes).  Tickets are available via the Eventbrite link here. Tickets for all talks are only available via Eventbrite.  Tickets for the talks via Zoom are available from 1st October 2022. Attendees will be sent an email […]

£5 – £8

Unearthing the Past – Managing Gardens with a History- Andrew Turvey, Head Gardener at Hatfield House

The Village Hall, Woolmer Green The Village Hall, Hall Lane, Woolmer Green, United Kingdom

Andrew Turvey is the Head of Parks and Gardens at Hatfield House and will be talking about the gardens he has had first-hand custodianship for and will discuss differences and similarities in their management.  Tickets are available via the Eventbrite link here. The talks in 2023 will be held at Woolmer Green Village Hall and […]

Treasure Maps of Wrest Park: Hunting for Henry Duke of Kent’s garden by Gill Hannington

The Village Hall, Woolmer Green The Village Hall, Hall Lane, Woolmer Green, United Kingdom

Gill Hannington , member of the Wrest Park Volunteer History Research Team, will give a presentation on ‘Treasure Maps of Wrest Park: Hunting for Henry Duke of Kent’s garden’. Tickets are available via the Eventbrite link here. The talks in 2023 will be held at Woolmer Green Village Hall and tickets will be available via […]

£5 – £8

An Octagonal Walled Garden by Stephen Smith

The Village Hall, Woolmer Green The Village Hall, Hall Lane, Woolmer Green, United Kingdom

Stephen Smith will give a presentation on ‘An Octagonal Walled Garden’ featuring an exploration of forgotten connections rediscovered through the intriguing shape of the walled garden at Ray Park In Woodford, Essex, which will include reference to Luton Hoo.  Tickets are available via the Eventbrite link here. The talks in 2023 will be held at […]

£5 – £8

Bandstands: History, Decline and Revival Presented by Paul Rabbitts

The Village Hall, Woolmer Green The Village Hall, Hall Lane, Woolmer Green, United Kingdom

The Gardens Trust is interested in the conservation and use of public parks and gardens as well as private estates and in this talk, Paul Rabbitts discusses the origin and history of the bandstand and the development of its use throughout the Victorian and Edwardian periods. After a sad decline, there seems to be a […]

£5.00 – £8.00

The Well-Gardened Mind Presented by Sue Stuart-Smith

The Village Hall, Woolmer Green The Village Hall, Hall Lane, Woolmer Green, United Kingdom

Sue Stuart-Smith is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist who worked in the NHS for many years, becoming the lead clinician for psychotherapy in Hertfordshire.  She is married to Tom Stuart-Smith, the celebrated garden designer, and, over thirty years together, they have created the wonderful Barn Garden in Hertfordshire.  Her book, The Well Gardened Mind, was published […]

£5.00 – £8.00

Last Landscapes: The landscapes of British Cemeteries over the last 4 centuries Presented by Kate Harwood

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The talk covers the development of cemeteries, and since 1902, of crematoria, and their differing landscapes addressing different purposes. The design of these, from Vanbrugh’s enthusiasm for the Indian cemeteries he had seen, to the modern natural burial, includes many overseas influences. Context from Buenos Aires to Surat, from Stockholm to Cape Town is provided. […]

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William Wilshere, a Hitchin lawyer, and his garden 1790-1824 Presented by Bridget Howlett

The Village Hall, Woolmer Green The Village Hall, Hall Lane, Woolmer Green, United Kingdom

This talk is based on William Wilshere’s Farm and Gardening Memoranda, spanning the years 1809 to 1824, supplemented by information from his cash books, bills and a journal and planting book started by his gardener, James Bowie, in 1812. Bowie left Wilshere in August 1814 when he was sent by Sir Joseph Banks on a […]

£5.00 – £8.00